Meet Culture is making efforts to bring authentic Greek theatre to China, and to support the Greek theatre actors, directors and playwrights to develop their career in China or related to China. In the meantime, Meet Culture has been collaborating with the theatre groups, drama schools, universities, actors, directors, etc. in Greece on the co-production between Greek and Chinese theatre.
Farewell My Concubine
Αντίο Παλλακίδα Μου
A Greek-Chinese Theatre Co-production
“Farewell My Concubine” has been one of the most classical plays of Peking Opera, which was written based on the real history from 206 BC to 202 BC. It was first performed for public in 1918 by Yang Xiaolou and Shang Xiaoyun, and then since 1922, it became the most well-known play of Mei Lanfang, the most famous artist of Peking Opera. For generations this tragic story has been staged for countless times in various genres, and also been filmed which received many awards and remains the only Chinese language film to win Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. As a world famous play, it has not been staged in Greece yet.
This project is the second time for Greek and Chinese co-production for a Chinese Theatre play, after “Zhao the Orphan” which was co-produced by National Theatre of Greece and National Theatre of China.
Miao Bin, the Chinese theatre actor studying Greek theatre based in Athens, was the playwright for the new play based on this story. Stavros Karagiannis and Yiannis Panagopoulos who both involved in “Zhao the Orphan”, are working on the direction of this play. This play will be performed by mainly Greek actors from Peirakos Syndesmos Drama School and also the Chinese actor Miao Bin from University of Peloponnese.
This project aims to explore the better way for the cross culture theatre co-production, and to solve the problem on the culture understanding for the theatre actors when they perform a foreign play. It is an experiment for the Greek Chinese theatre co-production, and will be build up a sample for the future productions.
Co-production: Peiraikos Syndesmos Drama School, University of Peloponnese, Muse Academy
Playwright: Miao Bin
Translation: Yiannis Panagopoulos
Direction: Stavros Karagiannis, Yiannis Panagopoulos, Miao Bin
Cast: Agapi Yiannopoulou, Alina Vondix Puzanova, Despoina Lavda, Dinos Gelameris, Elena Stavrou, Eloris Alpanidou, Emmanouela Kampitsi, Giannis Artemisiadis, Giannis Karamanos, Giorgos Demelidis, Katerina Prokopi, Kostas Tsakiroglou, Miao Bin, Mihalis Artermisadis, Nikolas Niotis, Stavriani Gizori, Xara Nikolaou